Fort Desoto

My friends’s and I enjoyed a relaxing day on Fort Desoto beach. 

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It is another beach in Florida that strays away from the typical “post card” scene you normally see. 

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I love all the details that help this beach stand out from the vacant nothingness of the more touristy spots. 

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It seems weird, to me, to have trees and stumps on a beach. 

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No life guard on duty. 

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I really didn’t run into any photography challenges (that I realize, yet.) Luckily, there was plenty of bright light.  

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However, I did finally get a monthly subscription to Photoshop and Lightroom. 

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So, these photos are my first attempt at editing. I knew the learning curve was step, but, whoa. I’m going to be purchasing a guide soon. Some people have suggested books by Scott Kelby. These look pretty promising. The next step in my adventure. 🙂

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Till then my eye is completely untrained. So, I apologize if it’s obscenely obvious how edited these are. I have heard differing opinions on Photoshop. So, maybe it is just personal preference? 

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I was pretty fond of this guy.

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This stick was very interesting. Beautiful, even.

I used the stick as a subject for a while. I received many weird looks. 

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This guy, again. 

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With school starting again, it is hard to get out and shoot like I want to. This trip was definitely well worth the drive. 

“F” is for Friends that do stuff together.

Ninja picture of Chris

Ninja picture of Chris

During the past few weeks, while I have been messing with my camera, the people around me have fallen victim to my new, paparazzi-like state. The byproduct of their patients, and monumental exercise in self-control not to throw my camera and I into the lake, is a few pictures of the people I care about most.

Chris and Kity

Chris and Kitty

Before this, I took pictures of what they were doing. Whether it is something random, or things I find hilarious (even if they don’t feel like it is very funny, sorry guys). But, recently, I have started to really appreciate the value in portraits. It is hard to take a picture and capture the essence of a person. It is especially hard to capture that and make strangers care as much as you do.

Zach

Zach

So, in addition to practicing landscapes and other random bits, I want to focus on photographically representing the people around me. I would like to be able to capture less of what they are doing, and more of who they are. This is probably the goal of every portrait photographer, ever. But, if my friends have to put up with me snapping away, the least I can do is take the kind of pictures that will make you guys love them as much as I do.

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Micheal

Plus, it helps when they’re all gorgeous.

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Lea

And for F.U.N, my first, and hopefully last, selfie with my new camera. Also, this will be the last time I refer to my camera as “new.” I think it and I have become well acquainted by now.

Me before our “White Trash” party. I wish I was this cool all the time.